A regional treasure
Crippen Regional Park on Bowen Island is made up of a variety of habitats: forests, wetlands, streams and rocky bluffs that are home to a surprising array of plants and animals. Many of those areas are being negatively affected by such things as invasive plants and some of the problems they can cause, including erosion, less available nutrients and infestations that block out much of the light that native seedlings need to grow.
Community groups such as the Bowen Island Weed Warriors, the Bowen Island Fish and Wildlife Club and the Bowen Island Garden Club have come together with Metro Vancouver to help restore those damaged areas by removing invasive plants and replanting with native species that provide food, shelter and nesting habitat for all kinds of creatures, from butterflies to Douglas squirrels to coho salmon.
We hold a work party on the third Saturday of each month, starting at 10 a.m. and going until about 1 p.m. Whether you can stay a half hour or the full three, please come and lend a hand. In return, you'll learn about the natural aspects of Crippen Regional Park and feel good about keeping habitat in a healthy state for the wild creatures that call Crippen home.
We'll meet at the little bridge over Davies Creek. Just follow the boardwalk at Snug Cove.
Work gloves, tools and refreshments are available, but if you have your own gloves, a favourite spade or lopper, please feel free to bring them along! It's also a good idea to dress for the elements and bring water to stay hydrated.
For more information, please contact Moira at (604) 947-9240 or email.